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Meet The Team

Who We Are

Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in NY

Rev. Dr. Samora Smith (Founder/CEO)

Rev. Dr. Samora Smith (aka "The Lovesmith")was born and raised in NYC and comes from a mixed and multifaith background. Dr. Samora is also a multi-talented musical artist with certifications in sound and vibrational healing. She created Common Ground Ceremonies to bring people together and offer ceremonies in the spirit of inclusivity and love. Dr. Samora leads with an inclusive and welcoming approach and recently expanded her team to offer bilingual and indigenous ceremonies. As the Assoc. Director of The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies and Director for The Interfaith Temple where she was ordained in 2008 and received her Doctorate in 2020, Dr. Samora now leads and coaches students of all faiths and backgrounds. Dr. Samora is also a relationship expert and Marriage Coach. She created The Marriage Success Blueprint™, an online course that is offered to support engaged and newlywed couples in building a strong foundation for their marriage.

Phone: (646)736-2510   Email: rev.samora@gmail.com

Antonio Rodriguez

Spanish-Speaking Officiant

Antonio is a Spanish-speaking, native New Yorker, and a recent New Jersey transplant after 40+ years of living in NYC.  We are proud to welcome him to the Common Ground Ceremonies family as one of our most beloved, and sought-after bilingual, Spanish-speaking wedding officiants in New York and New Jersey. Antonio and Rev. Dr. Samora first met when he asked if he could assist her in officiating his friend's wedding. Ever since then, Antonio and Dr. Samora have become great friends, sharing the same philosophies, and now a mutual passion for officiating. Antonio is available to perform ceremonies in New York City, New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island, and the Tri-State area.

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Bi-lingual Officiant in NYC
Native American Ceremonialist

Delwin Elk Bear Fiddler

Native American Ceremonialist & Performer

Delwin Elk Bear Fiddler is an Enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sans Arc Band, and a world-renowned Native American Grass and Hoop Dancer. Delwin offers the sacred ceremonies and traditions of his Lakota ancestors by honoring all life and our connection to all things. Delwin is available for land acknowledgment ceremonies; a blessing for your union,  family, and home; a traditional indigenous ceremonial rite for your union or celebration; the Lakota Star Blanket ceremony; and/or dance and flute performance for your event. For bookings, please contact us for more information.

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Mia Morrow

Event Coordinator

Mia, our day of coordinator extraordinaire is the Founder of Elle Morrow Weddings and aptly called "the saver of your sanity". She has coordinated hundreds of events, parties, galas, and weddings and her passion is making your special day as smooth and enjoyable as possible. As a coordinator, Mia knows how to anticipate your needs and takes the time to get to know you and the details of your event. She is gifted with interacting with your family and guests, as well as the other vendors involved. Rest assured that when Mia is on the scene you will be treated like royalty and she will bring a feeling of ease and support to your special day.

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Mia Morrow  NY Wedding Coordinator
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